Keith McDougald was staring down a couple of key free throws late in overtime against the No. 20 team in the country. Jacksonville Coach Cliff Warren was confident the freshman would knock them down. So was McDougald.
He scored a career-high 18 points and Delwan Graham added two critical baskets to lead Jacksonville to a 71-68 upset of No. 20 Florida on Monday in Gainesville, Fla.
"Coach Warren told me that I was going to make the free throws and when I was at the free throw line I just believed I was going to make them and they went in," McDougald said. "No nerves at all."
Florida was back in the AP poll after dropping out two weeks ago. The Gators started the season ranked ninth but slipped down the rankings until dropping out following their loss to Central Florida on Dec. 1 in Orlando.
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"We were totally ripe to be beat," Florida Coach Billy Donovan said. "I'm not sure we could have beat anybody tonight. And that's not taking anything away from Jacksonville, because their kids did a great job."
Florida (8-3) got 21 points from Erving Walker and double-doubles by Vernon Macklin (13 points and 10 rebounds) and Alex Tyus (10 and 11).
No. 1 Duke 98, Elon 72: Kyle Singler scored 24 points to help host Duke beat Elon, moving Coach Mike Krzyzewski into a tie for second place on the all-time wins list at 879 with former North Carolina coach Dean Smith. Bob Knight retired with 902 wins.
Transylvania 82, Millikin 37: Matt Wise and Brandon Rash led five players in double figures with 12 apiece for the host Pioneers.
Dayton 73, Winthrop 58: Chris Johnson scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Dayton past Winthrop, which next plays Kentucky on Wednesday.
No. 17 Notre Dame 94, Valparaiso 43: Natalie Novosel (Lexington Catholic) scored 18 points and had four steals for the host Irish.
Middle Tennessee 58, St. Bonaventure 53: Ebony Rowe (Paul Dunbar) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Blue Raiders' road victory.
Lindsey Wilson 67, Freed-Hardeman 63: The Blue Raiders, ranked 19th in NAIA, went on a 19-7 run late to defeat No. 6 Freed-Hardeman in the Daytona Beach Shootout in Daytona, Fla. Ashley Rainey (Warren East) scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.